Iyengar Yoga classes- 7 days a week – All Levels
All our teachers are dedicated practitioners certified by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. We have full-time professional teaching staff with more than 50 years combined teaching experience.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is the name given to a method of practising and teaching yoga based on the practice and teachings of Mr B.K.S. Iyengar born in India 18/12/1918.
Commonly recognised by its detailed instructions, emphasis on alignment and use of props, Iyengar Yoga is essentially a study of consciousness through the actions of the body in various postures called asana.
Mr Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar began his practice and his study of yoga as a young boy under Sri Krishnamacharya, and continued daily practice until his death 20/08/2014. During his lifetime he travelled the world sharing his passion and devotion to the practice of yoga.
In his book Light on Yoga (1966) Mr Iyengar was the first to publish photographs of asana with accompanying text detailing how to practise the asana. That book is still available and has been the benchmark for thousands of aspiring students and teachers of yoga worldwide, translated into many languages.
Mr Iyengar also published Light on Pranayama (1981) describing the subtle art of yogic breathing techniques, again with photographs emphasising correct posture for optimal flow of breath and energy. And Light on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1993), his translation of a key philosophical text codified about two thousand years ago, which states that yoga is about the understanding of one’s own mind in order to become free from suffering.
The word Yoga means union. Union of Body Mind Breath.
Mr Iyengar lived his life according to the philosophical precepts of yoga. He introduced and continuously refined the methods of technique, timing, sequencing and repetition so the practitioner had a way of studying themselves in the practice. He introduced the use of household items as ‘props’ to bring the asana to the level of the student, thus enabling all people to participate and have an experience of yoga regardless of age, ability or health.
In Pune India, Mr Iyengar established a school during 1970’s, the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) where he taught and trained thousands of teachers from around the world right up until his passing at age 95. His son, Prashant, and his grand daughter, Abhijata, themselves great teachers, continue to teach from there.
Yarraville Yoga Centre bears the symbol of Iyengar Yoga indicating that all teachers have undergone extensive training and a highly rigorous method of assessment.
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